Israeli Muslim Brotherhood Leader Released On Bail In The U.K.


U.K. media is reporting that Israeli Muslim Brotherhood leader Raed Salah has been granted bail after entering the U.K last month in spite of an order banning his entry. According to a Daily Mail report:

An extremist who exposed gaping holes in Britain’s border controls will be free to walk the streets after a judge granted him bail. Sheikh Raed Salah entered the country last month despite an order banning him from doing so. He was eventually arrested and locked up but is using human rights laws to try to remain. Now, in a further blow, the High Court last night released him from custody while his case is dealt with. Salah, 52, who has been described in the House of Commons as ‘virulently anti-Semitic’, could be at large for months as the legal challenge makes its way through the courts. Lawyers for the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel argued he did not pose a security risk and should be let out. The Home Office opposed the application but Mr Justice Stadlen approved bail. Strict conditions attached are understood to include a ban on public speaking. he Palestinian radical will also be fitted with an electronic tag and will have to comply with a 15-hour curfew between 6pm and 9am every night. He will also have to report to an immigration centre every day. A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We are very disappointed with the court’s decision and will consider our options. We are still seeking to deport Salah.’ Salah was invited to speak in Britain in late June by a group of left-wing Labour MPs. Home Secretary Theresa May issued an order banning him from entering the country but he waltzed through controls at Heathrow Airport. He was detained two days later after addressing a meeting of Islamic activists in Leicester. Ministers say his presence is not ‘conducive to the public good’ and he should be deported.

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Previous posts have discussed the arrest of Mr. Salah in the U.K. and the support offered to him by the Global Muslim Brotherhood. A BBC producer and MEMRI have both covered the anti-Semitic and extremist views of Mr. Salah. In 2010, the Jerusalem Post profiled Mr. Salah who leads the Northern branch of the Islamic Movement, essentially the Israeli Muslim Brotherhood.

In May 2003, Salah was arrested along with other Northern Islamic Movement officials on suspicion of transferring funds to Hamas under the pretense of humanitarian aid. He was released after two years under the terms of a plea bargain. In August 2007, Salah was indicted for “inciting racism and violence” for calling for a “third Intifada,” or uprising, to defend the mosque and in 2008 Israeli security forces raided the offices of the Islamic Movement in northern Israel accusing it of aiding Hamas. In 2009, Salah said that Israel had a ‘diabolical plan” to cause the Al–Aqsa Mosque to collapse “in a way that would appear as is happening as a result of natural causes, such an earthquake.” In January 2010, Salah was convicted of assaulting an Israeli policeman and participating in a violent demonstration.

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